Bikes / Gear Used at Kona

>> Saturday, October 17, 2009

A week ago at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship at Kona, the good people at Triathlete Magazine counted every bike, wheel, helmet, saddle, aero bar, power meter, and general component being used by the athletes out there. How does your gear stack up to what was used out there?

Bike Count (last year’s totals in parentheses)
Cervelo – 462 (415)
Scott – 109 (103)
Specialized – 93 (66)
Felt – 92 (89)
Trek – 90 (103)
Kuota – 85 (117)
Cannondale – 68 (68)
Orbea – 56 (68)
Kestrel – 54 (35)
QR – 52 (79)
Argon 18 – 43 (less than 10)
Giant – 40 (51)
Look – 39 (48)
Guru- 28 (27)
Pinarello – 26 (19)
Ceepo – 24 (less than 10)
Isaac – 18 (26)
Litespeed – 18 (35)
Stevens – 15 (less than 10)
Elite – 15 (less than 10)
Cube – 12 (13)
Beyond Fabrications – 12 (less than 10)
Ridley – 12 (less than 10)
Colnago – 12 (less than 10)
Serotta – 11 (less than 10)
Storck – 10 (less than 10)
Canyon – 8 (less than 10)
Blue – 8 (less than 10)
Planet X – 8 (less than 10)
Griffen – 7 (less than 10)
Jamis – 7 (less than 10)
Aegis – 7 (less than 10)
Fuji – 6 (less than 10)
Softride – 6 (less than 10)
BMC – 6 (13)
Calfee – 5 (less than 10)
BH – 5 (less than 10)
Principia – 4 (13)
Parlee – 4 (less than 10)
Willier – 4 (less than 10)
Time – 3 (less than 10)
Cheetah – 3 (less than 10)
Merlin – 3 (less than 10)
Teschner – 2 (less than 10)
Titan Flex – 2 (less than 10)
DeRosa – 2 (less than 10)

Wheel Count (includes aero wheels only)
Zipp – 1936
Hed – 229
Mavic – 165
Xentis – 134
Bontrager – 100
Reynolds – 63
Shimano – 48
Corima – 37
Campagnolo – 35
Easton – 34
Lightweight – 29
SRAM – 23
Planet X – 22
Rolf – 17
Nimble – 17
Edge – 13
Ceepo – 11
Fulcrum – 6
Other – 212 (Includes unidentifiable wheels plus wheel count of less than five)

Aero Helmets
Giro – 288
LG – 272
Rudy Project – 102
Bell – 62
Spiuk – 31
Specialized – 23
Lazer – 18
LAS – 15
Met – 12
Uvex – 9
Selev – 6

Saddle Count
Fi’zi:k – 477
Selle Italia – 383
Specialized – 167
OE Spec’d Saddles – 131
San Marco – 130
ISM – 119
Terry – 74
Profile Design – 57
Bontrager – 51
Cobb – 36
SMP – 33
Serfas – 22
Prologo – 10
Koobi – 9
FSA – 6
Forte – 6
Velo – 4

Aerobar Count
Profile Design – 572
Vision – 392
Zipp – 144
OVAL – 126
Syntace – 123
Easton – 86
Hed – 81
Bontrager – 68
Pro – 32
3T – 18
Deda – 18
Xentis – 12
Felt – 11
Giant – 9
Ritchey – 7
Drop Handle Bars – 7
Use – 6
Valdora – 3
Cinelli – 3
Cheetah – 3
Walser – 3
ITM – 2
PlanetX – 2
Scott – 2

***Extension Shape***
S-bend -880
Curve – 837
Straight – 59

Component Group Count
Shimano – 1360
SRAM – 289
Campagnolo – 107
Other – 8

Power Meter Count
SRM – 134
PowerTap – 89
Quarq – 14
Ergomo – 13
Polar – 6

In the first 4 categories (bike, wheels, aero helmets, and saddle), I have the 3rd highest count in each of those. I think that means next year I should be able to place 3rd at Kona. Right? ;)

They also tallied what the triathletes were wearing. Here’s what they found:

Compression Socks
CEP 131
2XU 42
Zoot 29
SLS3 15
Booster 11
other* 32

Compression Calf Sleeves
2XU 45
Compresport 40
Zoot 17
Skins 9
Zensah 8
CEP 5
other* 25

Footwear
Asics 449
Saucony 169
Nike 159
Newton 146
Mizuno 118
Brooks 111
Zoot 101
Adidas 85
K Swiss 70
New Balance 61
Avia 27
Puma 10
Scott 10
Pearl 5
Other 17

Speedsuits
Blue Seventy 657
Xterra 172
TYR 120
Zoot 119
Sailfish 119
Aquasphere 64
2XU 44
Orca 34
Nineteen 13
May Storm 10
Other* 48

Apparel Shorts
Custom 186
2XU 139
Zoot 126
Skinfit 112
Sugoi 88
DeSoto 87
Orca 64
Louis Garneau 53
Pearl Izumi 36
Carft 33
TYR 26
Oomph 25
CEP 23
Cocoon 21
Jaggad 17
Kiwami 16
K-Swiss 14
Under Armour 12
other* 21

Apparel Tops
Custom 395
2XU 122
Zoot 101
Skinfit 79
Orca 65
Craft 50
TYR 41
DeSoto 41
Louis Garneau 30
Sugoi 25
Ironman 22
Jaggad 18
Nike 16
Kiwami 16
Pearl Izumi 13
Oomph 12
other* 37

Apparel Suits
Custom 101
2XU 37
Zoot 32
Skinfit 18
DeSoto 16
Orca 13
Louis Garneau 10
other* 67

* less than 5 per brand
And on a final note (speaking of Triathlete Mag), they’ve picked the finalists in their “common man” triathlete swimsuit model contest. I’m sad to say that neither Coach Liz nor myself made the final cut. Dang. Here’s the link to the photo gallery of the 15 finalists.

12 comments:

Bootchez 7:01 PM, October 17, 2009  

Aw, Steve, you wuz robbed! Still, you're my fav near-naked bloggermodel, no matter what Tri says.

Litespeed, Serfas, Saucony, Zoot, check. Kona? Um, well, nevermind . . . .

Kevin 7:41 PM, October 17, 2009  

I agree. You were robbed. Based on the finalists, at least you know that if you get a chance to enter again to go with the two piece bikini. :)

Based on the numbers, I would fall in the "rare" category. Only 6 Fuji bikes! I guess I still have a long way to go to gear up for an Ironman.

X-Country2 10:19 PM, October 17, 2009  

What a cool thing to count. I kind of what that job next year. I could look at tri toys all day long.

Irish Cream 9:06 AM, October 18, 2009  

Very cool that they counted all that gear! I will refer back to this when I take up tri (yep, just said "when" there).

And also, you were seriously robbed. I just looked through the finalists and half those chicks they picked look like swimsuit models rather than triathles. Lame-o.

trimybest 10:26 AM, October 18, 2009  

no steve you have it all wrong. you need to ride an orbea like me. in the past two years crowie rode an orbea to 2nd 1st and 1st. so any male who rides an orbea will win. isnt that how it works?

Chad Sayban 10:29 AM, October 18, 2009  

It's interesting how Lightspeed has really fallen out of favor over the last several years.

amybee 6:16 PM, October 18, 2009  

Where was the Barbie Bike category? (Good thing I have a Jamis now... :-)

Sorry you did not make the final cut. I think it was rigged...

Coach Liz 10:53 PM, October 18, 2009  

Job Assignment...go look at 1800 bikes and list brand name, groupo, aerobars, possible power meter, wheels, and saddle. Hurry, the bikes are only here for a few hours before they leave transition.

I am sure they had people write down this information on a card or something. Crazy stats!

Yes, we were shut out. We should do our own swimsuit issue blog post. All we need to to is to convince companies to send out samples of stuff for us to wear. It could be done!

TriGirl Kate O 4:09 PM, October 19, 2009  

I so totally should've sent in my bathing suit pic for the contest, but I missed the cutoff by ONE DAY. DAMN. I even have the boobs for it...I don't think the majority of the women they picked really are triathletes.

Anonymous,  6:44 PM, October 19, 2009  

What's sad about the finalists for the Triathlon magazine pictures is that 1) most of these people have seriously unhealthy body fat scores (sorry, as much as I'd like ripped abs, women aren't supposed to have those) and 2) none of these people are 'typical'. I've been to many triathlons with my spouse, maybe 10 people look like a model, everyone else just looks like people (e.g., no ripped abs, actually having some flesh on the butt, legs that have some meat on them, etc.)

Adam 8:26 PM, October 19, 2009  

Uggg, tri mag went with a bunch of hard bodies. Yawn.

These counts were REALLY interesting. I just bought a Trek bike and was glad to see that they were still high up on the list. But come on... NEWTON shoes??? I don't get it.

sRod 1:09 PM, October 23, 2009  

Ugh, don't sweat the swimsuit contest. In my opinion, if you're out there getting professional pictures of yourself (and 95% of these pictures are pro) then you're not a common man, because the common man doesn't think they should be professionally photographed. They just wanted models they didn't have to pay for. Really cheapens the magazine actually. Poor play on their part.

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